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Madikizela-Mandela loses bid for ownership of Madiba's Qunu home

The judgment this morning was brief, dismissing Madikizela-Mandela'sapplication.

FILE. ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela hosted a tea at the Mandela family restaurant for underprivileged children and the elderly members of the Soweto community on 18 July 2014 as part of Mandela day celebrations. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's application regarding the ownership of former president Nelson Mandela's Qunu home has been dismissed.

Madikizela-Mandela's lawyer had argued that abaThembu custom dictated that the rights to the property should go to her and her descendants, irrespective of whether she was divorced or not.

The judge at the Mthatha High Court took less than a minute to read out judgment this morning, saying the application is dismissed and Madikizela-Mandela has to pay costs.

The three executors of Nelson Mandela's Estate, opposing Madikizela-Mandela's bid, are human rights lawyer George Bizos, deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke and Eastern Cape Judge President Themba Sangoni.

Madikizela-Mandela's lawyers argued that abaThembu custom dictated the rights to the property even though she was divorced saying it's the only home wherein her children and grandchildren can conduct their own customs and traditions.

It's unclear if Madikizela-Mandela will appeal today's ruling.